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CAA protests to New Year’s celebrations: Bengaluru police say they are exhausted. Bengaluru News

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BENGALURU: About 15,000 municipal police say they have been working more than 15 hours a day for the past 20 days. Based on programs related to crime prevention to pro and anti-CAA protests, security for New Year’s celebrations and Prime Minister Modi’s visit, the city police have been overburdened with work.

“Our staff worked until 4 a.m. on January 1. On the same day, they returned to office at 10:30 a.m. to attend the “security rehearsal for the Prime Minister’s visit. During the prime minister’s two-day visit, all police were active,” said the city’s police commissioner, Bhaskar Rao.

According to a rough estimate, each police officer leaves the home at 8:30 a.m. and returns only after 11 p.m. Officials who make nightly rounds (including police deputy commissioners) return home at 7 p.m. and report around 9:30 p.m. Evening rounds end around 5:30 the next morning.

According to Bhaskar Rao, many officials were forced to cancel their leaves when THE CAA-related protests began. “We had to cancel their sheets to balance the police force during pro and anti-CAA protests across the city. During the day, we were monitoring the crowd and at night, clothed men were sent to different parts of the city to gather information about possible protests. The eight deputy police commissioners were on nightly rounds in their divisions those days,” he said.

Another senior officer said the situation was worse for officials in the rank of inspector and below. “First, we were deployed to monitor and control protests and rallies from morning to night. After that, we were supposed to return to the station to complete the pending investigations, many of which were stranded or postponed,” he said.

Worst-affected drivers

Police officers and major police officers working as drivers for different police vehicles are hardest hit, according to department sources.

“The service of drivers is essential from the commissioner to the inspector. These drivers have to accompany their bosses from morning until midnight. Different drivers who appear in shifts do not work during emergencies such as protests, New Year’s bandobust and visit of the PRime minister,” one officer said.

“These drivers live in different places, including the neighborhoods of the police, which are far away. They usually travel by motorbike to get to their boss’s house or police stations to pick up their vehicle. Similarly, after completing their tasks at night or midnight, they have to return home after keeping the vehicle at their boss’s house or police stations,” he added.

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